LOWGAP — A Virginia man was killed Saturday night in a single-vehicle roll-over accident on N.C. 89 at Lowgap, according to a Surry County emergency official.
The name of the wreck victim, who was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, was not immediately released due to authorities having to notify his next of kin. The driver is thought to be about 49 years old and was from the Galax area.
Saturday night’s incident marked the third traffic fatality in Surry County this Labor Day weekend.
Surry Emergency Services Director John Shelton said the latest accident occurred about 7:45 p.m. near the intersection of N.C. 89 and Lumber Plant Road at the former Lowgap Elementary School.
“It looks like a high rate of speed” was involved, Shelton said of the wreck.
The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, which turned over and ended up in the parking lot of the former school that is now used as a community library and community center.
“We probably won’t be able to give the name (of the victim) for several hours,” Shelton said shortly after the accident.
Authorities also were declining to specify the type of vehicle involved.
The wreck was being investigated by Trooper Brian Jones of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
It came on the heels of another accident Friday night which claimed the lives of George and Johnsie Flippen of Elkin.
That wreck on Zephyr Road involved three vehicles. It occurred when the Ford Taurus containing the Flippen couple crossed the center lane and struck a large pickup pulling a trailer head-on, authorities have said.
An SUV that was behind the Taurus also received minor damage to its front end.
The driver of the pickup was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem with non-life-threatening injuries.
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